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OFFICIAL: Three Manchester City players named in England squad, including Joe Hart

Reserve at Man City, starter for Sam Allardyce

England Training Session - UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

New England manager Sam Allardyce made his first selection as Three Lions boss, calling up 23 players for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup European Qualifier next Sunday. And three Manchester City players have made the cut.

It's no surprise that Raheem Sterling and John Stones are on the list, given they are regulars for England in the last few years and have made an impressive start to the season for Pep Guardiola's City. The biggest news is obviously Joe Hart, who has been called by Big Sam despite being clearly out of Guardiola's plans for the Citizens.

Allardyce hinted in an interview a few days ago that he might not call Hart over the next few months if Joe doesn't find a way to play regular football, which is why the player is looking for a new club at the end of the transfer window. But he's fit enough to play for now, and is on the squad and the most likely to start in goal.

There are a few interesting choices from Big Sam, including Phil Jagielka and Luke Shaw returning to the defense, Danny Drinkwater (deservedly so) and Theo Walcott (!!!!!!) in midfield. The biggest news is the debut call-up of West Ham United winger Michail Antonio, who scored on Sunday against Man City and will certainly have two reasons to smile now.

England's first match under Allardyce takes place away from home against Slovakia. The Three Lions and Slovakia are in Group F along with Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.